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  • 16 Nov 2011 12:41 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Below is a list of current attorney vacancies at the United States Department of Justice. We encourage all interested applicants to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions we may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.
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    Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies
    Special Assistant United States Attorney (Uncompensated) United States Attorney's Office, District of Maryland, Civil Division Vacancy Announcement Number: 12-MD-03 Application Deadline: January 3, 2012
    Date posted: 11-10-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida Announcement Number 11-SDFL-AUSA-08 Announcement is open until November 24, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-10-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office District of Kansas Vacancy Announcement Number: 12-KS-AUSA-01 Applications must be received by December 02, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-10-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Texas Dallas, Texas November 9, 2011 - November 23, 2011 Vacancy Announcement #12-NDTX-AUSA-D02 Applications must be received by 11:59pm November 23, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Western District of Texas El Paso, Texas Vacancey Announcement # 12-WDTX-562231-AUSA-02 The closing date for this announcement is November 28, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Regional Counsel Federal Burerau of Prisons Northeast Regional Office Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Supervisory Attorney- Advisor GS-905-15 This position is open until filled, but no later than November 23, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Georgia Vacancy Announcement Number 12-AUSASDGA-01 Positions are open until filled, but resumes must be received by November 23, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Special Assistant United States Attorney (Serves Without Compensation) United States Attorney's Office Western District of Kentucky Vacancy Announcement Number 12-WDKY-01 To receive consideration for this vacancy, resumes must be received by November 22, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Experienced Attorney / GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Resident Legal Advisor in Indonesia 12-CRM-OPDAT-003 Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Experienced Attorney GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Resident Legal Advisor for the Caribbean Region (Based in the United States) 11-CRM-OPDAT-048 Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
    Date posted: 11-09-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney Vacancy United States Attorney's Office Northern District of IOWA Announcement Number: 2012-AUSA-NDIA-01 Applications must be postmarked by Monday, November 28, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-08-2011
    Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida Announcement Number 11-SDFL-AUSA-07 Announcement is open until November 22, 2011.
    Date posted: 11-08-2011
    Opportunity for Appointment as Assistant United States Attorney (Two-Year Term Position) United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Michigan Vacancy #FY 2012-EDMI-01-AUSA Applications for this vacancy will be accepted through November 28, 2011.
  • 31 Oct 2011 3:00 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)


    BALIF's "Connections" mentoring program matches law students and newer lawyers with more established BALIF members from all over the Bay Area.  This week, BALIF salutes mentor Barbara Monty of Monty & White in San Rafael (  Barbara and her partner, Ann Montalvo, have been together for 29 years and have a 16 year old daughter.   Barbara believes that a mentor should help a mentee identify what makes him or her happy in life and in a career.  She says, "From there, both mentors and mentees can move in the direction of that happiness.  BALIF is a good vehicle for this exploration because we all have something fundamental in common - that of being "the other" in this profession and society.  BALIF members may also share a special ability to create our own lives, or at least have the desire to do so." Barbara's mentee agrees, saying, "Barbara is fantastic and very pro-actively engaged in this process.  The program has been extremely valuable for me so far."  BALIF thanks Barbara and the dozens of other current BALIF mentors for their dedication and hard work in helping our mentees succeed!  For information on becoming a mentor (or mentee) contact Young Lawyers and Student Committee Chair Dennis Raglin (

  • 31 Oct 2011 2:57 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    On October 27, 2011, BALIF member Simão J. Ávila, Senior Counsel at Kaiser Permanente, received the 2011 Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award.  He was recognized for his work in promoting equality, social justice, and human rights.


    Simão (Sim) J. Ávila, was born in the island of São Jorge, Azores (Portugal).  Sim immigrated to the United States as a teenager with his parents and five siblings to join his father's side of the family who already lived in California for many years.  Sim was the first of his family to attend college.  He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Patrick's College in 1977.  He then joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) where he worked at Casa de los Niños in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico.  This experience led him to become a lawyer instead of a priest.  Sim obtained his JD degree from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law in 1983.  He began his practice with the National Labor Relations Board in San Juan, Puerto Rico representing workers, unions and employers alike as a field attorney for Region 24.  Sim then returned to the Bay Area where he practiced for 16 years at Littler Mendelson and became a shareholder. 


    At Littler, Sim represented many private and public sector clients on nearly all aspects of employment and labor law during that period. In 2001, Sim became labor and employment counsel for the Office of General Counsel, University of California. He is currently Senior Counsel, Legal & Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente, a position that he accepted in 2007.  At Kaiser Permanente, Sim serves in the Diversity Committee where he and his colleagues continue that company's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the practice of law. Sim lecturers at Stanford University, School of Law and at University of California, Boalt Hall, on negotiations and ADR.  In furtherance of his commitment to community service, Sim has been a board member with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Alameda County Community Food Band and St. Vincent's Day Home, which offers comprehensive child development programs and services for children in East Oakland.
    Sim and his husband David Holy have been together for 11 years and live in the East Bay.  Prior recipients of the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award include Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, former HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, and former National Hispanic Bar President Victor Marquez.
  • 31 Oct 2011 12:47 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Click Here to learn about BALIF's Endorsements for the SF District Attorney Race on November 8th

  • 27 Oct 2011 9:10 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)


    California Lawyer is currently seeking nominations for the 16th annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) Awards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, DECEMBER 1, 2011.


    Eligibility: The attorney must be an active member of the State Bar of California whose work was completed or resolved between December 2, 2010 and December 1, 2011.


    The lawyer's achievements during this time period have had a significant impact on:

    ***the law,

    ***the profession,

    ***a particular industry; or

    ***the general good of the public.


    Please provide specific details about the attorney's achievement and explain the significant impact the work made in 2011. 


    Click here for more information and to nominate an attorney

  • 27 Oct 2011 8:39 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    Come network with your fellow minority attorneys and law students from over 25 Bay Area minority organizations, as together we celebrate those of our colleagues who have best shown a dedication to working in a unified manner to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession. In addition, one attorney will be awarded the MBC Trailblazer Award to honor either a special achievement over the past year or their lifetime achievement for the cause of diversity in the legal profession.


    BALIF is proud to announce our 2011 Unity Award nominee: Tim Cahn of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Please join BALIF in celebrating this honor with Tim on November 14.


    This year's Unity Awards Reception is FREE to all, and will be held on Monday, November 14 from 6:30-8:30pm.


    Graciously hosted at the:
    Alumni Reception Center  
    University of California , Hastings College of the Law 
    200 McAllister Street

    Please send an email to if you plan to attend for security purposes.

    Timothy Cahn is an intellectual property litigator and partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he co-chairs the firm's copyright practice.  Since 2001, Mr. Cahn has dedicated much of his professional pro bono effort to addressing the struggle for LGBT equality in the institutional churches.  At the time, churches were lagging far behind the civic culture in extending full equality, dignity, and relationship-recognition to LGBT folk.   There was a growing sense that, for sexual orientation minorities to continue their momentum toward full civic equality, some measure of progress in the churches needed to be achieved.  Tim joined up with several affinity organizations to lend his substantial support as a litigator toward such efforts.


    Over the succeeding ten years, Mr. Cahn has represented LGBT persons and their allies in more than fifteen cases in connection with ecclesiastical investigations and trials of persons who were either seeking to become church ministers or to extend religious marriage recognition to same gender couples.   In 2002, he represented Rev. Katie Morrison, the very first openly gay or lesbian person to achieve, and retain, ordination as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Rev. Morrison was brought up on church charges based on her sexual orientation, and, with Cahn's help, the charges were dismissed and Morrison's status as a minister secured.


    In 2006, at an ecclesiastical church trial in Northern California, Mr. Cahn represented Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, a Presbyterian minister who was charged with violating church law by performing weddings for same gender couples.  From the early 1980's, Rev. Spahr has been a tireless advocate for LGBT inclusion and civil rights.  With Cahn's help, Rev. Spahr was acquitted at her 2006 trial, where she was facing the potential sanction of exclusion from ordained ministry.  Mr. Cahn represented Rev. Spahr all the way up to the "Supreme Court" of the Presbyterian church, where Rev. Spahr's acquittal was sustained.


    In 2008, when a group of conservative churches in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania sought to institute a categorical rule that would have absolutely prevented LGBT persons from seeking to become ministers, Mr. Cahn brought a case in Pennsylvania challenging the discriminatory rule and ultimately succeeding in nullifying it.


    In connection with California's 2009 Prop 8 case, Mr. Cahn prepared an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of California, on behalf of over twenty religious leaders, churches, and synagogues who argued in support of the religious freedom to marry same gender couples. 


    Most recently, in the Spring of 2011, Mr. Cahn again represented a gay minister charged with violating church law.  He obtained the acquittal of Rev. Erwin Barron at a church trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota of charges stemming from Rev. Barron's having legally married his husband.  The church authorities who brought the case against Rev. Barron had sought to compel him to divorce his legal husband.  Following the trial, Rev. Barron's status as a minister, and his marriage, were both fully in tact.


    Mr. Cahn also has been significantly involved with the institutional church on a national level drafting and evaluating guidelines for use by ministers to perform religious ceremonies that bless a civil same-gender marriage, as well as guidelines to enable openly GLBT minister candidates to become ordained.


    Mr. Cahn's involvement in these matters comes naturally.  He is the son of Presbyterian minister and lifelong church member who himself has struggled with the question of what it means to be "out" as a gay man within a religious organization that at times foments anti-gay discrimination.   His extensive pro bono activities in support of LGBT equality in the churches have helped Mr. Cahn partially answer that question for himself.

  • 27 Oct 2011 8:32 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    It was great to see so many of you last week at the ALRP 28th Annual Reception.  The Reception was a lively evening with delicious food, a fun auction, and fantastic company. We congratulate BALIF Board member David Sims' law firm, Saveri & Saveri, Inc., for receiving the ALRP Firm of the Year Award, BALIF member Thomas R. Burns for receiving the ALRP Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award, and Austin Schwing of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP for receiving the ALRP Attorney of the Year Award.  These awards were presented by BALIF past-Co-Chair and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner.

  • 20 Oct 2011 9:46 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    Congratulations, 2011 BALIF/APABA-SV 

    Law Student Achievement Scholarship Recipients Chris Chou and Tuan Ngo!


    Each year, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) awards Achievement Scholarships to law students throughout the San Francisco bay area. This year, APABA-SV partnered with BALIF in funding two scholarships to recognize law students who have demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities, overcome personal hardships or challenges, and shown excellence and achievement in law school. Stanford Law's Chris Chou and UC Hastings' Tuan Ngo were selected as the 2011 BALIF/APABA-SV Law Student Scholarship recipients.

    Chris Chou is a JD/PhD (economics) student at Stanford University , and received a BA in Mathematics and Political Science from Northwestern University . Over the last year, Chris has worked on housing equity issues at Public Advocates and interned with the Land Use team at the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney. Chris is pursuing a career in land use/municipal law. He is an active member of BALIF, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. Originally from Detroit , Michigan , Chris enjoys eating, drinking, and has been known to partake in karaoke.

    Tuan Ngo is a JD student at UC Hastings and received a BA at Occidental College . The joint scholarship from BALIF and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley allowed him to spend his summer at Greenlining Institute, where he authored a report, "Corporate American Untaxed," looking at tax reforms. Tuan is an active member of Hastings OutLaw, where he helps organize a symposium on the changing landscape within the LGBTI community.  In 2003, Tuan founded a Leprosy English Camp in the Surin  province of Thailand .  Tuan has worked for the Tides Foundation, was a Coro Fellow, and has produced a documentary on Vietnam 's political and economic change.  Tuan is a Lieutenant Governor of the Law Student Division of the ABA and a board member of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California.

  • 20 Oct 2011 9:45 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    BALIF Law Student Member Starts 

    Law Student Organization 


    "BALIF member Kellan Martz (a second year student at USF School of Law) has recently started the Society of Law Students (SLS), a networking and volunteer organization for Bay Area law students. SLS is looking for donations to hold events and sustain operations. In addition, SLS is holding an Inaugural Networking Happy Hour on January 12, 2012 and needs attorneys to attend to network with law students.


    Please contact Kellan with questions, suggestions, to attend the happy hour or to donate. Email: Some of our projects include: Serving food to the needy at Glide SF, helping building condos at Habitat for Humanity in Daly City , and attempting to restart a free legal clinic for the needy. If you have experience with legal clinics, please contact Kellan if you'd be willing to give advice.  

  • 20 Oct 2011 9:43 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    Call for MBC representative to 

    BASF and MBC Co-Chairs 




    Attention!   The Minority Bar Coalition ("MBC") is seeking applications for an active member of the minority bar community to serve as the representative of the Minority Bar Coalition on the board of the Bar Association of San Francisco ("BASF")! 


    The MBC Representative serves a two-year term on the BASF Board and holds all the rights and responsibilities of all other BASF Board members.  The MBC Representative is expected to also attend quarterly MBC meetings and serves as one of two liaisons between the BASF Board and the MBC. Prior involvement with MBC a plus. 


    Applicants must be current BASF members.


    Please provide the following information or an updated copy of your CV or resume:

    1 name 

    2 firm company or organization 

    3) address 

    4) phone number 

    5) email address 

    6) website and 

    7) number of years of practice.


    Please also provide a brief statement that includes:

    1) a description of your involvement with the minority bar community and your leadership experience bringing the various minority bars together;

    2) a description of the involvement you have had with BASF; and

    3) an explanation of why you would like to serve as the MBC's representative on the BASF board.


    Applications are due to MBC Co-Chair Vid Prabhakaran at by 5 p.m. on October 31, 2011.



    MBC Co-chair


    The Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) is a coalition of Minority Bar associations of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, comprising of nearly 30 organizations. Co-Chairs are responsible for MBC's activities, which include regular meetings for the coalition, receptions, panel discussions, the annual Unity Reception, co-sponsoring events, maintaining the BASF MBC calendar, and distributing information regarding the activities of the member Bar associations and other events of interest. The current Co-Chairs are Vidhya Prabhakaran, Yuval Miller, Micael Estremera, and Ann N. Nguyen. The two MBC Representatives who sit on the board of the Bar Association of San Francisco are Quyen Ta and David Tsai.


    If you are interested in becoming a Co-Chair, please e-mail a short (1 page or less) personal statement (which includes information on why you would like to be a Co-Chair, your past participation with minority bar associations, What ideas you have for MBC, and what you can bring to MBC) and a resume to MBC Co-Chair Ann N. Nguyen at by 5 p.m. on October 31, 2011. Please input "MBC Co-Chair Application" on the subject line.

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